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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-22-2004, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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I did a search but couldn't find what I was looking for. I bought a .45 colt blackhawk today and was curious as to weather it is considered heavy enough for Black Bear hunting? If so does anybody have a handload I can try?
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Welcome to Graybeard Outdoors, Eric ...

That's a great caliber you went with. However, I know nothing about black bear hunting but there are plenty here who does.

Good luck with your new Blackhawk.

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First off, Welcome to Graybeard.
A 45 Long Colt can be loaded comparable to the 44MAG. Here is a website for load data for the 45 Long Colt *used* in a Ruger or Thompson Center handguns. A 45 LC will do a good job on Black Bear as long as you do yours.
http://www.realguns.com/loads/45colt.htm

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harley45: Welcome to the forum. Lots of folks who post here use and prefer the 45 Colt in modern handguns to the 44 magnum and as Redhawk1 said, they are comparable. Probably more than that though as the 45 Colt cartridge in a modern handgun, especially the Ruger, can be loaded quite heavily. From all I have read from posters to this forum, with proper loads the 45 Colt is certanly up to the task of taking Black Bear. HTH. Mikey.
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I've killed several bears with the 45 colt. I use cast bullets and a heavy load of H110 or 820 surplus powder. I have used bullets from 255 grain up to 280 grain LBT bullets. Also used a 45 win mag (which is similar to the 45 colt) with facory loads to take one bear.

IMO the 45 colt is up to the task

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If you was ever interested in using factory loads check out buffalobore ammo.
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post #7 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-23-2004, 01:21 PM
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Yesterday at the gun range, I was shooting my Ruger Blackhawk 45 (Long) Colt. I used some "normal" power ammo which has a pressure rating allowed for a Colt or Colt clone and then some "Ruger/TC" presure level stuff that is near 44 mag power level. The difference is "night and day!"

My hunting load is a 250 grain Hornady XTP bullet with Alliant 2400 powder in either 18.3 or 18.5 grains out of my 7.5 inch barreled Blackhawk. My problem is that I can only shoot about 30 rounds of the 45 Colt +P+ stuff before my hand gets real tired and accuracy goes to heck.

Yesterday, I was shooting 32 ACP, 22 LR and two power levels of 45 Colt.

In Washington State, the 45 Colt, with a min 7 inch barrel and 240 grain bullet is considered acceptable and "ethical" for hunting black bear and that is the vanillia Colt level of loading not the Ruger/TC level of handloads.

See the following URL
http://www.wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/game/hunter/handguns.htm

A 45 Colt should do fine for black bear, as long as you aren't going after something really really large in Alaska or Canada.
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Harley45,
A well placed 45 slug is going to stop about any thing you will encounter in the lower 48. If you do your part the old 45 will sure get the job done.
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Thanks for the help guys this gives me a place to start.
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post #10 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-26-2004, 08:35 AM
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Try the Cor-Bon .45+P. They pack plenty of punch for anything the in continental U.S. I use these for deer in Maine. All though I have not shot a deer with them yet. I use a Ruger SRH in .454. The full powere .454 loads are more that needed for deer size game. That's why I went to the .45+P.

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